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    Thank you to our Small Business Champion!

    This book would not have been possible without our small business champion—BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts.

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    Social Mission: Congaree Riverkeeper

    "...for many people, the pandemic has also been a reason to explore the outdoors more, and gain a new appreciation for our natural resources and the need to protect them.”

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    Authentic: Mayor Steve Benjamin

    "We will make sure that we work together to build a city that our younger generations can continue to be proud of and excited about. A place they can trumpet to their friends wherever they go off to, and when they are able to make their own choices, Columbia will at least be one of the top options for them."

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    Your 2020 Digital Gifting Guide.

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    Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts

    This book would not have been possible without our small business champion—BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts.

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    Authentic: Megan Pinckney

    “I love how close-knit Columbia is as a community,” Megan said. “My fiancé and his family are from Columbia, and his family has been here for generations. They have family friends that they have known for generations, and I think that’s so unique. It makes you realize how special this town is and makes you want to raise a family here.”

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    A Heart for Columbia

    It’s a season full of love—from giving gifts to your loved ones to gathering and celebrating your love with friends and family—and we couldn’t do it without the extraordinary local small businesses in our community. Turn the pages to meet these businesses that have put their hearts into everything that they have done this year to bring happiness, joy, and laughter to our lives.

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    Social Mission: Home Works of America

    Learn more about our 2020 Social Mission Partner: Home Works of America

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    Authentic: Alex English

    Making an impact on our community and its future: Alex English

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    Authentic: Kim Jamieson

    Sharing her love of Columbia throughout our state and beyond: Kim Jamieson

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    Growth begins outside of your comfort zone

    Hope for every generation
    Through the eyes of children who are just beginning to see the world to the eyes of those that have lived through and seen it all, we are seeing hope emerge in Columbia. Dive into this issue to see where we have found hope this fall: it comes in the form of inspiring local artwork, resilient entrepreneurs, and from those who call our vibrant city home.

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    Lou Kennedy: Opening and Connecting South Carolina

    When she finds a cause that she’s passionate about, Nephron Pharmaceuticals CEO Lou Kennedy doesn’t hold back. She dives in headfirst and begins brainstorming solutions and opportunities, she ignites conversations with decision-makers, and she is relentless in her pursuit of solving the issue.

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